Monday, November 18, 2013

REVIEW: The Quiet Front

Title: The Quiet Front
Author: Tim Akers
Genre: fantasy (novella)
Price: $0.99 (ebook)
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Point of Sale: Amazon  
Reviewed by: Chris Gerrib

Tim Akers is a friend of mine, and he’s also a commercially-published author.  However, like many authors, he’s written stuff that he can’t find a home for, but which is worth reading.  One of those items is the novella The Quiet Front.  It’s set in an alternate World War Two, one in which the Royal Arcane Air Corps is working with the Soviet NKTD, the Commissariat Arcane.  They enlist Lt. Samuel Obern of the US Army Arcane to ride behind the lines in His Majesty’s Airship Sulis, there to do daring deeds.

The story is short, probably 30 pages if on paper, but very engrossing.  Tim’s specialty is “the new weird” and here he creates a world that’s both weird and oddly familiar.  Needless to say, the secret mission is dangerous, but vital to success in the war.  The characters are well-developed, and Tim brings his own vision of magic to the work.  I found it highly entertaining.


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